Blas na hÉireann, the Irish Food Awards has just announced this year’s finalists and the list includes an impressive 15 food producers from the Wexford Food Family, a 25% increase on 2020.
This is a huge achievement given the continued unprecedented challenges created by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Members of the Wexford Food Family will be very well represented at these prestigious awards with many of our members having multiple products through to the final stages of judging.
Members through to the final are:
Atlantis of Kilmore Quay
Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms
Irish Country Meats
Isle of Crackers
O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co.
Wexford Home Preserves
Zaeire Artisan Chocolates
Also representing Co Wexford are Bramble Cottage Kitchen, Lekker Food Collection, Nutorious Nutrition, Pettitts Supervalu and Ryans Bakery
This is a huge acknowledgement of the quality of the food and drink produced in our County.
Now in their 14th year, the team at Blas na hÉireann have worked harder than ever to make sure the awards went ahead, moving the blind-tasting judging system from the campus in UCC to Dingle to work within Government guidelines and the constraints of social distancing. With the blueprint for this new system developed last year, the team were able to seamlessly ensure the judging was handled with the same care and attention as always. Especially important in a year where they saw a record entry level from producers right across the island.
Blas na hÉireann will be a virtual event again this year. The annual gathering that takes place each year is an important part of the Blas experience and the team are working hard to move as many events to a virtual format as is possible.
The Blas team are also working on an exciting line up of online presentations and workshops as part of The Blas Backyard which is supported by Bank of Ireland and Taste4Success.
The awards will be announced over the course of the day on October 2nd on the Blas website and across social media channels and while the Blas family will miss welcoming everyone to Dingle, the team and the wider Blas community will gather virtually and make sure #Blas2021 trends all day!
The Wexford Food Family congratulates all of our Wexford finalists.
We are all very proud of this acknowledgement of the quality of the food and drink produced in our County.
We encourage all residents of and visitors to Wexford to seek out the produce of our fabulous producers in the best food shops, restaurants and hotels.